The man who used to give out “Tax Villain of the Month” honors to whomever he felt was wrongly raising taxes (and to him, EVERY tax hike was immoral at heart) is saying that all the political rhetoric of a $9 billion budget deficit is “a bunch of baloney.”
It doesn’t shock me to learn that National Taxpayers United of Illinois head Jim Tobin is adamantly opposed to the idea of an income tax hike. He told WBBM-AM radio that the income tax rate as it currently exists (http://www.wbbm780.com/Tobin--Ill--Financial-Picture-Not-So-Bad/4043024) is generating some of the largest amounts of money ever in state history.
IN MY MIND, I can already envision the Tobin-inspired flier, depicting a picture of Gov. Pat Quinn standing behind jail cell bars for having the nerve to propose boosting the state income tax from 3 percent to 4.5 percent.
While I wouldn’t agree with its sentiment, you have to admit that such a flier would be an intriguing political sight – particularly in light of Illinois’ history with gubernatorial incarceration.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Jim Tobin is head of the group that declares itself to be the state’s largest (http://www.ntui.org/) anti-tax group.